On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the churches of the Appalachian Deanery in the Diocese of the Eastern U.S. gathered at All Saints Church, Mills River, North Carolina for a Lenten Quiet Day. The day began with a celebration of the Holy Communion. The Venerable Erich A. Zwingert, SSC, Rector of All Saints, presided. The 30 participants then gathered in the church to hear a series of meditations on “Breaking the Sin Barrier: Responding to God’s grace through Christ Jesus.” The meditations were presented by the Rev. Gregory S. Miller, Rector of St. Matthew’s Church, Weaverville, North Carolina. After the first mediation, and following midday prayers, the particpants were treated to a chicken salad and pasta bar lunch provided by the Ladies of All Saints. Fr. Miller presented two more meditations in the afternoon and the day ended with the praying of the Penitential Office in the Book of Common Prayer. One of the participants commented that the day was very helpful in her Lenten walk for it allowed her to “step away from the world” for a time.

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